Minutes: December 13th, 2017


DECEMBER 13, 2017


Dan Holan
Dennis Dickinson
Deborah Dickinson
Dorothy Holan
Rick Smetzer

Chairman Bryan Baugh called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Board members in attendance included: Sandy Erwin, Jack Zeigler, Tim McKenna, Doug Blackburn and Alternate Flint Heidlebaugh. Also in attendance were Todd Bickley, Zoning Inspector and Trustee Matt Montowski. Chairman Baugh read through the meeting process. He asked if there were any questions concerning the procedure to be used. There were none.

New Business

Case #068089 – Dennis M. Dickinson

Secretary Erwin read the facts of the case. The applicant is proposing an accessory structure (garage) and is requesting the reduction of the rear and side yard setback from ten feet (10’) to one (1) foot, the reduction of the setback to the house from ten feet (10’) to five feet (5’), exceed the height limitation of twenty feet (20’) to twenty-four feet (24’) and exceed the lot coverage requirement of thirty percent (30%) to 37.5%. The property is located at 5814 E. Poplar Street. All fees have been paid.

Chairman Baugh questioned if any Board member had a conflict. No conflict existed for the Board members.

Secretary Erwin noted that a notarized letter from a neighbor has been submitted by the applicant.

Dennis Dickinson was sworn in by Chairman Baugh. Mr. Dickinson indicated that he has been living at the home year round for the last three (3) years. His intent is to construct a single car, two-story garage with the upstairs to be used for storage. The house has open ceilings with only two (2) closets. He now rents two (2) storage sheds. The purpose of the garage is to park his car and to be used for storage. The 10’ x 14’ shed will be removed and the garage, which is
14’ x 20’, will be situated in the sheds location and extend ten feet (10’) feet closer to the road.

Chairman Baugh questioned the power lines. Mr. Dickinson noted that a new circuit box will be placed on the garage and connect to the pole, as a result, the power lines will be relocated.

Jack Ziegler questioned if the front porch was enclosed. Mr. Dickinson indicated that it was enclosed. Mr. Ziegler commented that the lot coverage would then need to be increased from 37% to 41.06%. The Board noted the increase.

Dan Holan was sworn in by Chairperson Baugh. Mr. Holan indicated that he had no objection to the variance application. He questioned if fire retardant dry wall and a gutter on his side of the building would be added. Mr. Dickinson noted that Mr. Holan lives to the east of the property and Mr. Dickinson noted that he was planning on using fire retardant dry wall. Mr. Dickinson questioned if he had to put on all the sides. Chairperson Baugh commented that it should at least be placed on your neighbor’s side. Doug Blackburn noted that there are other products that could possibly be used.

Mr. Dickinson also noted that the builder indicated that he could get the height to twenty feet (20’), but 21 – 22 feet is preferable.

Chairperson Baugh closed discussion from the floor.

The Board reviewed the finding of fact. The Board disagreed with the applicant by a 5 – 0 vote on item #1; disagreed with the applicant by a 3 – 2 vote on item #2; agreed by a 5 – 0 vote with the applicant on items #3 and #4; disagreed with the applicant by a 5 – 0 vote on item #5; and agreed with the applicant on #6 and #7 by a 5 – 0 vote.

Tim McKenna made a motion to approve application #068089 with lot coverage amended from 37% to 41.06%, and the applicant using fire retardant dry wall and installing a gutter on the east side of the building to address the drainage issue.. The motion was seconded by Doug Blackburn. The motion was approved unanimously.

Approval of Minutes – November 8, 2017

The meeting minutes from the November 8, 2017 meeting was mailed to each member. Sandra Erwin moved to approve the November 8, 2017 meeting minutes. Jack Ziegler seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Other Business

Matt Montowski informed the Board that State Representative Steve Arndt commented that Catawba Island has done a nice job on controlling its growth.


Tim McKenna moved to adjourn the meeting. Jack Ziegler seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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Bryan Baugh, Chairman Sandra Erwin, Secretary